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Cinder Released! And enter to win a Kindle Fire 6

cinder: a sexy shifter fantasy romance by jessica aspen

When curvy Cinderella meets a charming reluctant alpha, can he save her from a stepmother who means murder? 

Cinder Vandeburg dreams getting away from her overbearing stepmother and getting a real job—one that pays. When her stepsisters are finalists in a teen modeling competition at a chic resort in the beautiful mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, her step mother offers her an opportunity: prove herself a competent personal assistant and earn not only a stellar referral, but a bona-fide introduction to the movers and shakers of the modeling world. This is Cinder’s chance at freedom but as usual, her stepmother seems to find fault in everything she does—even when she sends her to seduce suspected modeling judge, Aiden Burdock.

Aiden is no modeling judge. He’s a tour guide with a pack of bachelor wolves depending on him to rustle up quality clients and keep their business afloat. But Aiden never wanted to be an alpha. He dreams of freedom and running wild in the hills. Having six…no seven…now eight wolves depending on him for leadership and jobs is more than he counted on when he fled pack expectations in Colorado. But his alpha tendencies can’t be ignored and when he sees curvy Cinder being treated as the runt of the litter, he lies and says he’s a judge to get her away from her malicious boss.

Now Aiden is faced with how to tell Cinder he’s just a working stiff, like her, and a wolf shifter to boot. As Aiden and Cinder’s fairy godmother build up her self esteem and she starts falling in love with a man of secrets, Cinder’s stepmother is determined one of her daughters will win the modeling competition. Even if it means she has to go all the way—and permanently eliminate the competition.

Lions and wolves and bears, oh my.

Discover why readers love the twisted tales of Jessica Aspen’s Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance.

Available now on  AMAZON

And don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire Six, an ebook from each Chain of Love author, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Find the character Cameron in each of our curvy romance stories and enter to win:

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This is a really fun contest. Everyone gets one free entry, but then, all you have to do is read our books and find the Cameron character in each of our curvy romance novellas and get bonus entries.

Each of us has “hidden” a character named Cameron in our stories. Mine is extra special to me because he (0r she!) is a character already in another Sexy Shifter book and is getting their own book very soon. (Is that a hint? Maybe!)

Check out the other five books by five fab romance authors in the Chain of Love!

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Chain of Love:

Curvy Women and the Men Who Chain their Hearts

Lucky Break by Holley Trent 

CoL-LuckyBreakA killer finds himself behind the curvy on getting what he wants.

Matthew Smart has lost his Assistant, Cameron, in a brutal killing. Devastated, Matthew has to find out who murdered his employee while interviewing potential replacements. Strangely, the applicants all seem to be blowing off their interviews. So when a bold, softly curved beauty named Alexis McFadden shows up in his office looking to fill the position, he’s tempted to hire her just because she’s the only one who wants the job, although he doesn’t believe she’s a good fit. Lucky for Alex, a tricky new case convinces Matthew that he can really use her help. But what if Alex is smart enough to get herself hired against all odds, while in the eyes of a cold-blooded killer, she’s too smart by half?

Curvy Diversion by Aidy Award

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Author Name: Aidy Award

Book Title: Curvy Diversion

Curvy girls deserve a vacation!

Danica’s run through her eleventeenth sub in as many months and is pretty sure she’s lost her Dominatrix mojo. So when Grant, an old pal, asks her to do him a favor jumping in on a last minute photoshoot in Costa Rica, she’s all in for a vacation, especially from the BDSM scene at Angels and Devils.

Grant can’t wait to get Danica on film or into his bed. He’s done with the friend zone and this trip to paradise is the perfect opportunity to show his college crush he’s the man in charge, of her career and her bed.

A hurricane, a treehouse, and the well-laid plans of the last guy Danica thought wanted to be more than friends has her questioning whether she can survive the storm or a vanilla relationship. All when this trip was just supposed to be a Curvy Diversion.

If you like curvy girl BBW romance with some BDSM power play between a sexy photographer and a Dominatrix you’ll love this book!

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Smart Alex by Sam Cheever

A killer finds himself behind the curvy on getting what he wants.

Matthew Smart has lost his Assistant, Cameron, in a brutal killing. Devastated, Matthew has to find out who murdered his employee while interviewing potential replacements. Strangely, the applicants all seem to be blowing off their interviews. So when a bold, softly curved beauty named Alexis McFadden shows up in his office looking to fill the position, he’s tempted to hire her just because she’s the only one who wants the job, although he doesn’t believe she’s a good fit. Lucky for Alex, a tricky new case convinces Matthew that he can really use her help. But what if Alex is smart enough to get herself hired against all odds, while in the eyes of a cold-blooded killer, she’s too smart by half?

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A Chance Event by Sandra Kerns

A Frazzled Event Planner. A Mugging. A Doctor on a Mission.

Leaving work late, in a snow storm, event planner Charlene is mugged. Dr. Martin DelaHardt, returning home from overseas, comes to her rescue. He may be handsome, easy to talk to, and determined to take care of her, but she doesn’t have time for this. When she refuses to go to the ER, however, he follows her home and spends the night to make sure there are no complications from her injuries.

Complications abound, though not from the concussion. Attraction sizzles between them, but his moral code keeps him from taking advantage. Charlene’s business is taking hits, Martin is uncertain about his future, and Valentine’s Day is still just around the corner. Event planner hell has descended and now her heart has fallen for a man totally out of her league.

Cupid by ML Guida

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Cupid, has a terrible secret—she’s color blind. After accidentally shooting her intended target with an aversion arrow, she tries to fix it by a shooting a passion arrow. But Lethal, the sexy angel of death she has had a crush on forever, blocks her path. Shot by passion’s arrow, he now thinks he’s in love with her.
Lethal knew Cupid was his angel-mate from the moment he saw her. He’s never claimed her because an angry demon promised murder. But when she shoots him with the arrow he can’t keep his true feelings hidden any longer.
The demon makes good on promise and pursues Cupid, but not to kill her. She has a hidden power he wants, one that Cupid doesn’t even know she has. Only true love can unleash her power and by working together, their love will crush the demon bent on destroying them.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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ML Guida: Dark Paranormal Romance Author

Whimsical Wednesdays

a dark paranormal romance interview

Hello and welcome to the first of my new series of guest romance author blogs and interviews. I’m thrilled to have as my first victim—um-hem—guest, ML Guida. ML writes dark paranormal romance about vampire pirates, dragon shapeshifters, and witches. She is not only a good friend of mine,  is also my critique partner. She puts up with my crazy schedule and even crazier life. If it weren’t for her, I know my writing wouldn’t be where it is. So please welcome guest romance author, ML Guida, to Jessica Aspen Writes. And don’t forget to leave a comment and enter to win the giveaway for an e-copy of ML’s first book in the series, A Pirate’s Curse.

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Hi ML, welcome to the blog. Do you mind sharing what you write with my readers?

Thanks Jessica for allowing me to come onto your blog. I write dark paranormal romance.

Do you have cheerleaders  supporting you as a writer? Who supports you and keeps you writing?

I have some great cheerleaders.  My first one is my wonderful critique partner, Jessica Aspen, and my dad. When I’ve almost given up, my dad is the one who picked me up off the floor and encouraged to back on the writing horse.

Tell us why you write dark paranormal? Why this type of books? 

I’ve been in love with the supernatural, ever since I was a little girl and first started watching Dark Shadows.  When I was in third grade, my whole class was hooked on Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators—the big hit was Mystery of the Green Ghost. Later I fell in love with vampires. They’re sensual and dark. Later, I discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and Ann Rice.  I have a hard time not writing paranormal.

What theme or message is in your book? Does it run through all your books?

Resiliency is a key component to all my books. My characters suffer hardship, but must believe in themselves to overcome obstacles to win. They need to accept their faults as well as their strength. In A Pirate’s Revenge, William has to overcome his self-loathing and fear before he can reach his goal. He has to trust in witch craft, something he doesn’t believe in, and only then, can he defeat his enemies and find true love.

Come on, dish…is their anything unusual about your writing habits?

Most authors like peace and quiet, not me. I have the television on. But what really starts my creativity is watching paranormal shows. Right now, I’m watching Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes.

Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them?  How did they push you? 

Rejections are part of the business.  At first, I usual go into pout mode and think it’s the end of the world. A friend of mine, fellow writer Jennifer Maitlen, has given me a mantra to live by—half day. I have half day to wallow in pity, then I have to put on my big girl panties and move on.  I don’t know why, but it helps. Sometimes you need permission to feel like it’s the end of the world. Time limits help.

Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

I usually write before work and after work. I never had any problems writing until my cocker spaniel died—Sadie.  She was 12 years old and my best friend. Now, it’s been hard to write anything. Sometimes grief is all consuming, and it’s hard to get back into the routine.

What’s unique about this book?

William can turn into a dragon, but he is not like most shape-shifters. He is possessed by a dragon spirit, Drakon. Drakon and William are one and can hear each other’s thoughts.  I wanted to do something different than the usual shifters. Also, without giving too much away, I’ve darker creatures that come from Coaybay (dark underworld) to the Caribbean.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. A Pirate’s Revenge is the second book in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix. The first book was A Pirate’s Curse.  The third installment is scheduled to come out in Winter of 2015. This will be Amadi’s story. Amadi is an escaped slave who is re-captured and tossed back into slavery. This tale is based on the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica. In 1770, the White Witch, Annee Palmer, seduced three husbands, then murdered them. Her favorite pastime was to have slave lovers, but she’d torture them.  The slaves finally were tired of Annee and rebelled, killing her.  Amadi is forced to battle his evil mistress and must rely on Violet, an indentured servant, to help him escape.  The problem is Violet is unable to tell a lie. She breaks out in hives when she lies, and she can tell when others are lying. The evil mistress uses Violet’s abilities to her own evil ends and Amadi must learn to trust Violet or be chained forever a slave.

Thanks ML!

Hey readers, don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win the giveaway of an e-copy of book one, A Pirate’s Curse.

A Pirate’s Revenge, Book Two in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix

MLGuida_APiratesRevenge_800Cursed by a demon, William O’Brien changes into a dragon with mystical powers he can’t control. In dragon form he becomes a ravenous beast with the power to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. He’s forced to make a decision: leave the ship or face killing the crew. But before he can go, he discovers a new menace hunts him. The God of the Underworld has released a female demon, more deadly and evil than before, with orders to capture William and combine his powers with a male witch in order to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. Mariah Fey, a talented witch, wants only to save her brother from the bowels of the evil pirate ship, the Fiery Damsel. If William will trust her, she can teach him how to harvest his gifts, control his abilities, and together their true love can defeat their enemies.

 

 

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Bio:

MaryGuida-web 1 (5 of 5)M.L. Guida loves the paranormal. Even when she was four years old, she would watch the soap opera, Dark Shadows, and fell in love with vampires! Who wouldn’t want a bite on the neck? Currently, she has two series with vampires: the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix and Vampires on Holiday.

Today, she continues to love the preternatural and watches Ghost Adventures, Dead Files and A Haunting. She’s ventured into more supernatural beings, specifically demons, but not just any demons, dragon demons. Her new series, the Underworld, is with Kensington/Lyrical Imprint.

M.L. lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. She loves to take her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for walks on the trails behind her house. When she travels, she tries to go on ghost tours. Her favorite so far was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.

She currently writes for Kensington/Lyrical Imprint, Passion in Print, and self-publishes. She is a member of Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.

 

Want to know what’s going on with Jessica? Check out her news page HERE or sign up for her New Release Email HERE.

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Five Reasons Crit Partners Rock!

Moonday Mania

a blog for all you partners out there

WOOT! I have some fantastic news. You may have noticed the new Night Owl Reviews Badge  in it’s place of honor on the right side of the blog. The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court had a 4.5 STAR REVIEW! It was really nice to read the review on Sunday and to have a good start to December. Overall, romance readers are enjoying the book and I’m very happy and grateful. And one of the people I’m grateful to is my critique partner, ML Guida.

Mary writes about vampires and demons and I write about the fae and werewolves. We have totally different styles, especially between my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods novellas and Mary’s Legends of the Phoenix historical, vampire romance. Both Mary and I have tried other crit partners and crit groups before and some of them worked and some didn’t. On my part, I had tried a few crit groups, with limited success. One was a mixed genre group, and it just didn’t work for me. For one thing, I was nervous about exposing my writing to a group for the first time, and these were real writers. (Now I look back on my newbie self and sigh). And another reason it didn’t work, is that they didn’t understand the unique structure of romance. I tried, but it wasn’t good. The other one was a romance group, but it only met once a month and five pages once a month was not enough for me to get the feedback I needed. I also was lucky enough to work with two great critique partners before Mary, but we were at different points in our careers (and lives). Things wavered, then collapsed. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. Both helped me with my writing, but neither was at the point of publishing and when the critiquing portion of the relationships naturally fell to the wayside, I was left with a gap to fill.

At the same time, Mary had been in a wonderful crit group. One of the things about a large group is that means a lot of chapters to crit for everyone else, and you only  get one or two done of your own work. Mary was writing very fast and needed someone who could keep up with her. She wanted to put out more than one book a year, and at that pace her crit group just couldn’t keep up.

So we started exchanging two chapters a week. And it’s been amazing every since.

So here are my favorite things about having a crit partner:

1. A crit partner can be your other half.

I don’t mean we have a blissful relationship, although we get along great, I mean that Mary’s writing strengths are my weaknesses. I tend to rocket through my stories. Action! Action! Action! Mary’s writing has a lot of emotional and situational detail. Together, she slows me down and I speed her up. Find a crit partner who is your opposite on the writing front and you’re writing will be much stronger.

2. A crit partner keeps you on task.

When you owe someone chapters, you’d better have them ready. Mary has times in her life when she has more time off and so do I. We’re working on the process of having previously written chapters ready to go for the other person when they are ready to edit, but writing doesn’t always work that way. The nice thing is that I know Mary will be asking, “Do you have those chapters ready?”. The accountability, not just to get their work to them, but to have work read for them is terrific for me. She keeps me focused on my writing goals.

3. A crit partner is critical.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are crit partners who only tell each other the good things. I don’t think that’s a very productive critiqing relationship. On the other hand, criticism is hard to hear, and it needs to be ladled out with a good dose of positivity. (For a terrific article on how to crit, click HERE.) A few nice things, a few critical things. Try not to change the other’s voice, just offer suggestions on what isn’t working. It’s a delicate balance, and not everyone achieves it with their first attempts at working with a crit partner. I was lucky, Mary has critiqued a lot in the past, so she’s very good at balancing. I was also lucky because she is honest, and if something doesn’t work for her, she’ll tell me. Honesty is priceless.

4. A crit partner can help you focus your career.

Mary and I are both at similar points in our publishing careers. We’re both published with an e-press, Passion in Print, and we’ve both just released our first novels, on our own. She has more books out than I do, but we’re discussing similar levels of sales, budget, and advertising. Should we go to Ritas and Readers or should we go to Rom Con? What about blog tours? Who does a good job? Should you advertise? Where and when and how much should you spend? When you are an author you have to make all of these decisions on your own and it’s a huge advantage to have someone who is making the same decisions to bounce your ideas off of.

5.  A crit partner is a terrific source of support and encouragement.

Maybe it’s because we’re at a similar point in our publishing life, but Mary knows exactly what I’m feeling when my books are doing well, and when I hit a setback. And that’s not just in the writing phase of the book. Although the writing is our purpose in our relationship, we also offer encouragement when we read our reviews on line, when we enter contests, when we get rejected or accepted. Most crit partners start as friends, but since we share so much, Mary and I have become close friends. And to have someone to share my writing gripes and successes with, someone who actually knows what I’m talking about, someone who wants to hear about writing and books 24/7, that’s what I want in a crit partner.

Who do you have in your life who acts like a crit partner? Is it a best friend? A mentor? Who offers you support and criticism while you follow your dreams?

A Pirate's Curse by ML GuidaWant a taste of something different? A Pirate’s Curse is 99 cents, today, on Amazon!

Mary writes historical vampire books set in the 1600s. The pacing is different from mine, the voice is entirely different. I’m not sure you can tell we work together, and that’s likely a good thing. We have kept our individuality and our relationship works. 

Like a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets.
Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

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Tell Me Where You Discover Christmas Paranormal Reads

Thursdays Bite

a holiday blog and a poll for you

I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner for us Americans and I know you may not be ready for the shopping and the decorating, but the holiday season is coming!  Like many of you my fall has been crazy and due to work, family stuff (its all good, just busy),  and wanting to focus on Prince By Blood and Bone  I have shelved my spicy, new adult, xmas paranormal novella. Sigh. But I don’t want to be left out of the paranormal, holiday romance book scene altogether! So today, I decided to share other authors paranormal romance Christmas stories, while I dream of spooky houses, ghosts, and decorating Christmas trees with sugar plums. And I want to know where you find your holiday reading so please fill out the poll at the bottom. Poll closes in a week!

I love Jessa Slade’s Marked Souls series. It’s dark, sexy, and  so convoluted it  appeals to smart readers. Books that make you think and turn you on are first on my list so I’m starting off with Jessa’s Christmas Novella The Darkest Night.

THE DARKEST NIGHT 
A Marked Souls Novella 
Wishing you a wicked Christmas… 
Possessed by an angelic entity, Cyril Fane fought rampant evil and the pain of more private losses with a fiery golden sword…until he was beaten and left for dead by a malevolent force. Now exiled from his divine brethren, he reluctantly joins the Chicago league of talyan—immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons—as his only chance to reclaim his sword and his place in the holy sphericanum. 
Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has also danced around an uneasy affiliation with the talyan. She has secrets of her own to keep, and as the days shorten toward the winter solstice, shadows are deepening all around. Even as she barricades herself against the joys—and terrors—of the Christmas season, she’ll have to decide whether the shadows or her secrets are more dangerous. 
Bella and Cyril have good reason to fear evil when an old enemy returns to torment them and the Chicago league. But only together will they find a way to the light after the darkest night.

ice gods by helen scott taylorI just loved this cover. It’s so winter holidayish and sensual, it makes me want to open up this book and read. But the author didn’t add much description, so I’m not very sure what the plot is going to be about. Anything about the Norse gods always intrigues me, not only am I a Thor fan (who isn’t?), but I also love Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods. I haven’t read this author yet, but given the subject and the cover and the 99cent price tag, I’m willing to give it a shot.

ICE GODS

by Helen Scott Taylor

A trip to Iceland to find her father turns into a nightmare when she is transported to the icy palace of Valhalla and lands in the middle of the Ice Gods family feud. Odin’s son has loved and protected her from afar. Now she is in his world, he can finally make her his.

And last, but not least, ML Guida’s A Vampire’s Christmas Wish. ML is my critique partner and we have very different styles and paranormal directions. And this book is very different from her typical  pirate vampire series that is set in the 1600s. But despite it not being pirates I had fun reading and critiquing this fast paced Christmas suspense novella. Oh, and it still has the vampires!

a vampire's christmas wish by ml guidaA VAMPIRE’S CHRISTMAS WISH

by ML Guida

Master vampire, Janus Morano, has searched for centuries to find his lost soul mate. When he finally discovers his true love on Christmas Eve in Hawaii, she doesn’t know him, doesn’t remember her previous life, and doesn’t want him. Janus must get her to remember him and their love, but nothing comes easy with Deirdre Hahn. 
Deirdre is drawn to the mysterious dark stranger, but she came to Hawaii with Brandon Delaney, to heal their broken relationship. Brandon has promised to never beat her again, bending over backwards to be Prince Charming. But the promise is broken. 
Deirdre escapes Brandon’s clutches and her only hope is the mysterious dark stranger. Janus vows to help her but soon she discovers his dark secret. He’s a vampire…a vampire searching for her. 
Now Deirdre is caught between two desperate men. Not sure who to trust. In order to save her future she must accept her past and when her Hawaiian vacation falls apart and she’s kidnapped, she must learn to trust Janus or die on Christmas. 

While we spend most of the holiday season shopping and cooking and planning the big day, take some time for yourself. Pour a glass of wine, unwrap the special box of chocolates, and open a book. And don’t forget to review it afterwards. A lovely review is the best Christmas present an author can receive.

Where do you find your holiday reads? I’d love to know. Do you look on Goodreads? Do you look at what your friends read? Do you Google, or search on Amazon and Barnes and Noble?

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A Pirate’s Curse- dark paranormal historical romance

Thursdays Bite

today- all about hot dark paranormal romance you can win!

I get to Squeee! today. My critique partner, ML Guida has published her first historical paranormal romance, A Pirate’s Curse. Where else could you find vampires, pirates, demons and hot paranormal romance all in one book? ML likes to write dark so her previous books have been about the depths of hell and renegade angels, but this one takes us back to the 1600’s and a brand new spin on vampires who drink from a cursed lake and cruise the Caribbean Sea as pirates looking for revenge and to lift their curse.

ML and I started working together on our full length novels last summer and it was quite an experience. We kept up a fast pace of editing 1-2 chapters for each other per week, but sometimes those re-writes took longer. She helped me add more details to The Dark Huntsman, I helped her catch errors, and together we forged a critiquing relationship that is still going strong this summer as we each begin to work on book two in our respective series.

I’ve gotten deeply involved in Hannah and Kane’s story as I’ve seen Hannah turn into a strong heroine and learn to exercise her own paranormal talents while Kane is, of course, a tough alpha male with a vulnerable heart. I’m thrilled to see them finally in print. OK, today it’s only available in e-book form on Amazon Kindle, but you’ll be able to  buy the print version by next week!

Have you tried reading historical paranormal? What are your favorite series? What do you think about vampire pirates? To enter to win a Kindle Copy from Amazon leave a comment and let me know why you want to read ML Guida’s A Pirate’s Curse.

a pirate's curse by ml guidaLike a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets. 

Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.

 
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

The Legends of the Soaring Phoenix is a seven book series, so if you like hot, dark, historical, paranormal then these are the books for you! Check out ML’s website HERE where you can check out the Angels of Death, her paranormal series from our shared publisher, Passion in Print and sign up on her website for her new release email list.

Happy July 4th, everyone! For my easy peasy gluten free brownie recipe that won’t heat up your kitchen because it’s microwavable, click HERE. To read about what’s up in my summer and all about my progress with Tales of the Dark Court, book one, The Dark Huntsman, click HERE. And to sign up for my new release newsletter click HERE.

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Ten Terrific Facts for The Next Big Thing

The lovely Joan Leacott was kind enough to tag li’ll ole me for The Next Big Thing! You may have seen The Next Big Thing hopping around the blogs, it’s another way to find out interesting facts about what’s going on with your favorite authors and their writing. Hop over to Joan’s blog HERE and find out all about her latest book.

And now onto the Questions!

What is your working title of your book?

I’m currently working on Goldi and the Bear, the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Before I wrote Snow and the Seventh Wolf, which comes out in February, I had the idea to write another twisted tale with a werewolf. I wanted to work with another color name, like Red, so Goldilocks (Goldi) was the one I chose. From there the ideas just flowed and Goldi the werewolf was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Here goes: Spicy Twisted Paranormal Fairy Tales

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, I’m terrible about this. But I think Christian Bale could play a dark moody werebear. He played a dark moody Bruce Wayne, didn’t he? As for Goldi, she’s tougher. I need a tough blonde; one who can run a ranch, be a wolf,  stand up to Christian Bale, but still be very sexy. Any ideas?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When she-wolf’s home is in danger the only one she can turn to for help is the one person she shouldn’t-  her high school sweetheart who holds a grudge.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This one is due to Passion in Print. It takes place in the same universe as Little Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, but it’s set in the next town over from Radon, Colorado.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started this one during Nanowrimo this year, but as I was working it wasn’t finished until the first week of December. I’m still working on the edits because I hit a bump that I didn’t take care of during Nano. It was a big lesson in writing fast and furious!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm, another toughie. I sure wish I read more. One of the categories I’ve not read very much lately are twisted fairy tales, for several reasons. One, I didn’t want to read what I was writing. Two, I like to read outside of my genre. And Three, I just didn’t have any lying around in the TBR pile. That means I have to actually go out and hunt something down, which doesn’t happen very often. Has anyone read something that is like Little Red Riding Wolf? It’s tongue in cheek, but with a dark side. And it’s hot, hot, hot! Goldi and the Bear and Snow and the Seventh Wolf lean more toward the dark side. Any thoughts?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Now I left this question in, but it will be a repeat of my above answer for where I got the idea. So if you really want to read that answer again, go ahead!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This book is darker and deals with old anger between former lovers. Can you get past that deep hurt that’s been simmering for years? Can you start over? And do you still love someone when they’ve hurt you badly enough that you still want to hurt them back? While this book title is all about Goldi, I think the real interest here is how the hero, Zeke, overcomes his pain and anger to rediscover love.

That’s all folks, well, all the questions that Joan passed on to me. I am happy to answer more questions like…How do you write about werewolves when you aren’t a werewolf?  Or…what’s it like living in Colorful Colorado? Or….what do you wear when you write?

Or, if you really want to know more about what I’m doing this year, check out my Goals post from Monday HERE.

M L Guida and Jessica Aspen CRW tea October 2012

Mary and I at the CRW tea in October 2012.

And when you are through don’t forget to hit the Next Big Thing ML Guida. Her post will be out on January 16th and you can find out all the deep dark delicious details of what she’s currently writing! I love her tagline: Even in a world of darkness, true love survives.

(FYI, I’m leaving this post up, so no Thursdays Bite tomorrow, see you on Monday Mania!)

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#RomCon 2012, The Aftermath

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I survived Rom Con 2012. I need the t-shirt.

Totally unprepared for what I was about to go through, I left my job 45 minutes early, thinking that would help me get organized. Because I truly wasn’t organized.

Melissa Mayhue, ML Guida, Jessica Aspen, Hillary Seidl

Melissa Mayhue, ML Guida, Jessica Aspen, Hillary Seidl

Even though I had signed up for Rom Con 2012 in August of last year, I had never attended a promotional event like this as an author. I’d attended as a reader. And they are different. Readers are there to be entertained. To have fun. To get to know their favorite authors, meet some new ones, and maybe get a little loose.

Jessica Aspen mints

Jessica Aspen Mints and stickies

Authors are there to meet readers and have fun, but really we’re there to spread the word about ourselves and our books. As fun as that is (and it really was fun) it’s still a lot of work. I should have started about three months ahead of time, strategically planning my swag orders and my appearances. What I would wear, and what my image should be. I didn’t do any of that. I winged it. And I had a blast!

But it was draining, and I want to thank everyone who supplied me with the asprin, Tylonal and Advil to get through my migraine. My buddies came through for me, even though we never quite managed the buddy meet, they were fantastic! Thanks ladies!

Do’s and Don’ts for the next author promo event.

Little Red Riding Wolf chocolate postcard

Little Red Riding Wolf postcard with kisses

Do buy swag. I have a terrible time deciding what to buy and how much to spend. As a working author every dollar counts, so where is the best place to put your money? If I had to do it again I would buy something small, like pens, to shower the event with. I had the mints, and they were great. Everyone liked them, and I would definitely do them again. And the chocolates stapled to the postcards were also a hit. Everyone loves chocolate, although maybe not the night of the Chocolate Mangasm event!

Do fork out the money and bring print books.

Rom Con is full of dedicated readers, and they all have e-devices, so I thought my books on a disk would be attractive. But they all went for the print books with their shiny covers first. It took me talking and handing them out to readers to get them into their hands, but that’s the better way anyhow. Readers are there to get to know you and they want a personal connection. They were all so nice and friendly. Great people to go have fun with. We rocked the casino event and I’m keeping secrets about the chocolate mangasm event, shh!

Jessica Aspen and Hillary Seidl at Chocolate Mangasm, Rom Con 2012

Jessica Aspen and Hillary Seidl at Chocolate Mangasm, Rom Con 2012

Do have fun!

No matter what you are there to have fun with a fun group of readers. And authors are readers too, so enjoy the event, make new friends and have a blast! I hope to see all my new friends next year! WOOT!

Have you ever gone to a reader event? What swag do you like to take home? Candy, bookmarks? Books?

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